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Our project will continue to help maintain our current native flower garden and help us expand from the small planter we currently use to the much bigger planter that it is next to. We have taken one small planter that had very poor dirt where nothing would grow and have added nutrients and native plants. Our native plants have thrived in this small planter and we have seen numerous bees, caterpillars, butterflies and hummingbirds in our little garden. We would like to add a bird bath and we want plant more native plants as well as create signs that will tell the name of each plant, which will help educate the staff and students on campus as to what plants are being planted on campus. In addition, we want to apply to become a Monarch Waystation once we have finished with the larger planter. I teach students with mild/moderate learning disabilities and we collaborate with the AP Environmental Science classes on campus to help plan and maintain our native garden. This project will help further that collaboration and continue the relationships that my students have with the students in the AP Environmental Science classes.
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Do you love nature? Do you want to learn more about local plant, animal and insect species? Do you want to learn about volunteer opportunities related to the natural environment? Tuleyome is teaming up with the University of California's extension program and the Woodland Public Library to teach members of the public how to become Certified California Naturalists! No advanced degrees or previous naturalist experience is required. Founded in 2002, Tuleyome is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit conservation organization based in Woodland, CA. Our mission reads: “Tuleyome engages in advocacy and active stewardship with diverse communities to conserve, enhance, restore, and enjoy the lands in the region.” One of the ways we will be implementing our mission will be by offering a Certified California Naturalists course to the public. We are working in partnership with the University of California (UC) and the Woodland Library to present the classes. The UC has already vetted our teaching staff and supplied us with a basic curriculum which we augmented to reflect the region around the new Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument. ((It was Tuleyome who spearheaded the campaign that lead to the monument’s proclamation under President Obama in July of 2015.)) We now seek to train members of the public as naturalists so they can volunteer as docents and educators in the Berryessa Snow Mountain region! The California Naturalist Program allows Californians to help protect and preserve our unique and diverse wildlife, habitats, river, lakes and coastal resources, wild and urban alike. By signing up for the course with Tuleyome, you also become a CERE Guardian -- an active member of the public dedicated to Conserving, Enhancing, Restoring and Enjoying our regional public lands and open spaces -- and will receive a special pin at the completion of the course.
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Spread awareness on our Honey Bees and get girls involved in Science.
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I wish to clean up our local park here in Belvidere so the park will be better for the wildlife and look better.
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Using the resource guide, Butterfly Gardening: Creating Summer Magic in Your Garden (Xerces Society/Smithsonian Institution, 1990) we've designed a 7' x 7' sun-filled garden for our project. We will remove sod to form beds and amend the clay soil with organic compost. In May we will visit the Brandywine Conservancy Native Plant Sale to purchase a number of native flowers and shrubs that will serve as host plants for various species (as well as nectar plants for adults). The plants we choose will be based on the suggestions from the Xerces Society, Brandywine Conservancy as well as Douglas W. Tallamy's book, Bringing Nature Home. Each plant or shrub will be native to the U.S. and beneficial to at least one butterfly species.
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We're going to build a butterfly garden!!
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JHS227 will collaborately establish an inter-disciplinary school garden. We are starting with 22 Simplicity rose bushes that were established last spring in our schoolyard. Our goal is to increase the biodiversity of our concrete jungle by supporting our pollinators. We are researching the types of plants and or shrubs we can plant in and around our already established raised beds. The plants need to be Bee, Butterfly and Bird friendly. We are also creating a more esthetically pleasing and student friendly green space.
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Our group will build a butterfly garden. We have already secured a simple raised garden bed from another Roots and Shoots contingent within the city. Raised beds will be a better consideration for this project as digging on school ground may require permission from Miss Utility. As well, the school grounds are currently under construction so the garden may require moving after or during the construction has been completed. The group has discussed and planned for the materials that will be essential to the completion of the project. These include, but are not limited to: milkweed seeds (obtained), a location (identified), materials [garden bed(obtained), soil, fencing, shovels, gloves].
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Our project will teach others about the indigenous plants and animals in our habitats, while creating an engaging "tile" to help visualize each plant and animal.
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We will be beautifying a court yard behind our school that has been neglected for years. We will be adding plants, bushes, trees, decorative totems, decorative fencing, birdhouses, etc. We will have regular education students helping special needs students to create this space.

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